Woman Killed In Sydney Stabbing Identified As Michaela Dunn
Police believe they have identified the woman killed in the Sydney stabbing as 24-year-old Michaela Dunn, a woman from Sydney's inner west.
She was found in a Clarence Street apartment shortly after accused perpetrator Mert Ney, 20, was arrested. She had suffered "sustained injuries" and was pronounced dead at the scene.
"While she has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be Michaela Dunn from Sydney's Inner West," police said in a statement.
A second woman, 41, was transported to hospital in a stable condition after suffering stab wounds to the shoulder.
Photos from Dunn's social media show a fun girl enjoying life with friends, including a trip to the Coachella Music Festival in California and meeting Drag Race icon Sasha Velour.
"While her family appreciate the support offered by the community, they have requested their privacy at this difficult time," police said.
Police found the body of a young woman inside a Clarence Street building around 3.15pm on Tuesday, as they responded to and patrolled around the area where Ney had been arrested. They had been alerted to the injured woman by another member of the public, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining injuries.
Dunn, a sex worker, is believed to have been engaged by Ney at the time of her death.
"The sex worker community is devastated by the series of random and senseless acts of violence that occurred in the Sydney CBD yesterday afternoon," a joint statement from Australian sex worker association Scarlet Alliance and the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) said.
"Michaela Dunn was a woman, a community member, and a whole individual who will be missed and mourned."
Both organisations urged media not to sensationalise her death due to her occupation, explaining that stigma and discrimination was a key factor that can prevent sex workers seeking justice.
"Sex workers regularly face barriers to accessing justice and reporting crimes against us, because so often the violence is attributed to our work," the statement said.
"There is significant stigma and discrimination experienced by sex workers and too often our identities, lives and experiences are reduced to our occupation."
"Sex industry workers are worthy of the same rights and protections as those working in other professions. They are equally deserving of empathy and consideration when befallen by tragedy."
Detectives from the Homicide Squad have launched Strike Force Lalchere to investigate Dunn's death.
Ney, who was apprehended by members of the public before police arrived on Tuesday, remains at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under police guard.
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